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  • Juventus won't rest Dybala & Higuain...

    Gonzalo Higuain and Paulo Dybala will feature in Juventus' final Serie A contest of the season at Bologna, but Gianluigi Buffon and Giorgio Chiellini are rested with the Champions League final against Real Madrid on the horizon. Juve completed the second part of what they hope w...

    Juventus won't rest Dybala & Higuain ahead of Champions League final

    Gonzalo Higuain and Paulo Dybala will feature in Juventus' final Serie A contest of the season at Bologna, but Gianluigi Buffon and Giorgio Chiellini are rested with the Champions League final against Real Madrid on the horizon. Juve completed the second part of what they hope will be a treble by beating Crotone to retain the Scudetto last week, having already won the Coppa Italia. Griezmann dismisses Atleti exit rumours Massimiliano Allegri has resisted the temptation to rest his star strikers, though, with Higuain, Dybala and Mario Mandzukic all set to start versus Bologna. However, the head coach has decided that Buffon and Chiellini will not play ahead of the Cardiff showpiece against Madrid on June 3. "We will look to end the Serie A season on a high by winning against Bologna, then we will think about the Champions League final," Allegri said at a media conference. "Higuain, Dybala, Mario Mandzukic and Juan Cuadrado will line up in attack on Saturday. "Emil Audero will be our goalkeeper. "Chiellini will not feature, but Sami Khedira will be back in midfield."

  • Zidane hails 'born leader' Buffon

    Zinedine Zidane has hailed Gianluigi Buffon's leadership qualities both on and off the pitch, describing the goalkeeper as 'an extraordinary player'. Buffon will lead Juventus out against Real Madrid in the Champions League final on June 3 as he looks to clinch the trophy that h...

    Zidane hails 'born leader' Buffon

    Zinedine Zidane has hailed Gianluigi Buffon's leadership qualities both on and off the pitch, describing the goalkeeper as 'an extraordinary player'. Buffon will lead Juventus out against Real Madrid in the Champions League final on June 3 as he looks to clinch the trophy that has already eluded him on two occasions. Zidane: No words can do Ronaldo justice Zidane departed Juve for Real Madrid just as Buffon arrived in Turin from Parma, but he is well aware of the Italy international's attributes. "I think it's about what he has achieved. He's a born leader. He has been an extraordinary player throughout his career. He's a leader on the pitch and a great captain," the Madrid coach told Uefa.com.  "In terms of everything he has said about players that he has met, he has always looked out for his fellow professionals. "That shows you the sort of person he is, besides being a great goalkeeper and leader." Zidane has been impressed by his former club's performance this season as they secured their fifth Serie A title in a row and defied the odds to reach the final of Europe's premier club competition. The Frenchman says that Massimiliano Allegri has improved the team he inherited from Antonio Conte and believes that the 49-year-old is one of the best coaches in the world. "He deserves everything that has been happening to him. He has shown he is among the top coaches in the world," Zidane said. "He has rebuilt, or at the very least improved, this Juve team. "Of course it's down to the club and the players too, but above all it's down to the coach heading the project. "I have great respect for him."

  • Totti should keep playing, insists Conte

    Francesco Totti should carry on playing after he brings down the curtain on his magnificent Roma career this weekend, according to former Italy team-mate Antonio Conte. The 40-year-old forward is set to bid an emotional farewell to the club he has represented for a quarter of a ...

    Totti should keep playing, insists Conte

    Francesco Totti should carry on playing after he brings down the curtain on his magnificent Roma career this weekend, according to former Italy team-mate Antonio Conte. The 40-year-old forward is set to bid an emotional farewell to the club he has represented for a quarter of a century when Roma host Genoa on the final day of the Serie A season on Sunday. How Costa rose from Barcelona to Chelsea In a statement released on Thursday, Totti spoke of his passion to remain in football and tackle a new challenge . Although this could be a reference to the directors' role he has been previously tipped to take on at Roma, it has done little to prompt speculation that he could seek to play on elsewhere. Chelsea head coach Conte reflected fondly on the duo's time together for the Azzurri at a news conference to preview Saturday's FA Cup final against Arsenal. "It's impossible for me to forget. I scored two goals for the national team, and he scored the first one because I only had to put my head forward," he said. "He put the ball on my head. Francesco Totti, he's a fantastic player, a great player and I knew he wanted to continue his career." Echoing sentiments he recently expressed regarding outgoing Chelsea captain John Terry, Conte believes Totti should remain in the field if he is passionate about doing so. "When you arrive at the end of your career, your body, mind and head tell you when it's right to continue," Conte said. "My message for him is to do what he feels is right to do. If his passion and enthusiasm is always the same, he must continue to play football. "He's one of the best players not only in Italy, but in the world."

  • Beckham: I almost joined Roma because of...

    David Beckham says the prospect of playing alongside Francesco Totti almost convinced him to join Roma. Sunday will mark the end of an era as Totti prepares to make his final appearance for the club in their last Serie A game against Genoa, after confirming he will leave for a ...

    Beckham: I almost joined Roma because of Totti

    David Beckham says the prospect of playing alongside Francesco Totti almost convinced him to join Roma. Sunday will mark the end of an era as Totti prepares to make his final appearance for the club in their last Serie A game against Genoa, after confirming he will leave for a "new challenge" at the end of the season. The 40-year-old has enjoyed an iconic 25-year long career in the first-team, earning the praise of countless fellow stars. And former Manchester United and Real Madrid star Beckham says he considered teaming up with him during his time at LA Galaxy. "There was an opportunity for me to join Roma when I was in America and one of the main reasons I was very tempted was Francesco," he told Roma's website. "To play on a team with him would have be special. It was always special when you were actually on the field against him." Totti has won one Serie A title at Roma, finishing second with them on eight occasions, and lifted the Coppa Italia twice and also won the 2006 World Cup and was a Euro 2000 finalist with Italy.

  • Gattuso completes Milan return

    Gennaro Gattuso has completed his return to Milan as the club's new Primavera boss. The 39-year-old left the Rossoneri in 2012, joining Sion to continue his playing career before becoming player-manager at the Swiss side. Juve chief taunts Man Utd over Pogba fee He also enjoye...

    Gattuso completes Milan return

    Gennaro Gattuso has completed his return to Milan as the club's new Primavera boss. The 39-year-old left the Rossoneri in 2012, joining Sion to continue his playing career before becoming player-manager at the Swiss side. Juve chief taunts Man Utd over Pogba fee He also enjoyed coaching spells at Palermo, OFI Crete and Pisa, having left the latter this month following their relegation from Serie B. Gattuso had already claimed to be heading back to San Siro – where he won two Serie A titles – and Milan have now announced he has signed a two-year deal as Primavera coach. "I am so happy to have received this offer from sporting director Massimiliano Mirabelli and from the club," said Gattuso. "I am coming back home after five years and I am ready to face this new challenge with the same dedication and grit which have always distinguished me, trying to instil all the players with the values needed to wear the red and black shirt."

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